Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time, Memphis local Van Duren joined forces with ex-members Chris Bell and Jody Stephens to form a band and become regulars on the '70s Memphis bar circuit. In little time they got the attention of Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who then started managing Van Duren. Van was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity.
Van Duren is now the subject of the Australian documentary Waiting - The Van Duren Story, in which filmmakers Greg Carey and Wade Jackson discover his classic lost record Are You Serious? and become obsessed, keen to track down the man behind this little known masterpiece.
To coincide with the film's release, Van Duren is heading to Australia for his very first tour and will be stopping by The Gum Ball in 2019.